Inter Milan striker Diego Milito hopes he can put his nightmare spell behind him after netting during Wednesday night's UEFA Champions League win over Lille.
The Argentina international, who found the winner in the 2-1 triumph at Giuseppe Meazza, was publicly criticised by club president Massimo Moratti last week following a bad miss against Atlanta.
Milito has been plagued by injuries since scoring 30 goals in Inter's treble-winning campaign two seasons ago and his form and confidence have obviously suffered.
After netting just eight times last season the 32-year-old has fallen down the pecking order in Milan behind new signings Diego Forlan and Mauro Zarate.
However, after missing a sitter at the start of the second half on Wednesday, Milito finally hit the target midway through the period.
Milito, scorer of both goals in the 2010 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich, said: "I sincerely hope that with this goal my bad spell is now behind me and they'll start coming for me again.
"You have to know how to keep calm, keep your nerve and make sure you don't get too affected by it because it can mess you up."
Captain Javier Zanetti produced an inspired run to assist Milito's goal and he was pleased to see the striker break his duck.
He said: "Strikers get periods like this, periods when you do everything right and others when you can't do anything properly, but Diego is working so hard for the team, he makes sacrifices and he deserved this goal."